April 23rd.

Back.

After some hard weeks working with the new souvenir DVD for the Danish circus Baldoni it time for the normal regular updates. The new Baldoni DVD runs for one hour and includes a part of the performance and some stuff pulling the circus down. The DVD is recorded in Virum, Kastrup and Dragor and will be for sale in circus Baldoni in a few days. If interested in this product please contact circus Baldoni for details.

 

In Scandinavian:

 

Efter nogle meget hårde arbejdes uger, hvor der er blevet arbejdet med det Danske cirkus Baldonis souvenir DVD, er det nu igen tid for faste opdateringer. Den nye Baldoni DVD løber i ca. en time og inkluderer en del af forestillingen 2009 og nogle optagelser, hvor teltet tages ned.. DVDén er optaget i Virum, Kastrup samt Dragør og vil være til salg i cirkus Baldoni meget snart. Hvis det har interesse kan man kontakte cirkus Baldoni for yderlig info.  

 

 

April 10th.

Ny formand og ny kasserer for Danske Cirkusvenner.

In Scandinavian only - sorry

 

Ved foreningens generalforsamling den 4. april ønskede dens mangeårige formand Jens Frobenius og dens mangeårige kasserer Bjarne Laursen ikke genvalg. De følte med god grund, at den kæmpe opgave var løst, som de påtog sig, da en gruppe mennesker i 1992 fik den ide, at Barlys samling skulle bevares for eftertiden og danne grundlaget for et cirkusmuseum.

 

Til bestyrelsen genvalgtes Lise Kokholm og John Lington og nyvalgtes Aase Rasmussen og Ole Simonsen. Bestyrelsen består herefter af de pågældende og Ivan Shorty og Irene Hansen, som i 2008 blev indvalgt i bestyrelsen for en 2-årig periode. Som suppleanter valgtes Kim Thanning Olsen og Bent Petersen. I Danske Cirkusvenner deltager suppleanterne altid i bestyrelsesmøderne, dog uden stemmeret.

 

På et efterfølgende bestyrelsesmøde konstituerede bestyrelsen sig med John Lington som formand og Lise Kokholm som kasserer.

 

Den nyvalgte formand John Lington er ud af artistfamilie. Hans far, den kendte kapelmester Otto Lington, var søn af en musikalsk klovn, og Otto Lingtons to brødre optrådte i Cirkus Schumann med et abenummer.  Johns fætre og kusiner var også som artister. John selv blev uddannet som møbelsnedker og har i mere end 50 år drevet eget firma. Han har altid været begejstret for musik og spiller saxofon i forskellige jazzbands.

 

Lise Kokholm vil være cirkusinteresserede bekendt dels som en dygtig cirkusfotograf, dels som redaktør af Cirkusbladet, som udgives i fællesskab af Cirkusmuseet i Hvidovre og Danske Cirkusvenner.

 

Den danske cirkusverden og foreningen er Jens Frobenius og Bjarne Laursen stor tak skyldig for den kæmpe indsats, de har ydet, siden Danske Cirkusvenner blev stiftet i 1992, den gang under navnet Barlys Venner. Samleren Ølund Barly var blevet landskendt gennem tv-udsendelserne Cirkusklubben. Mange – også Barly – var bekymrede for, hvad der når Barly engang lukkede sine øjne skulle ske med den enorme og helt unikke samling. En gruppe personer fik den ide, at samlingen burde danne grundstammen for en dansk cirkusattraktion af international klasse. Ikke bare i form af et enestående museum, som fristed og center for forskning og udvikling, men et oplevelses- og aktivitetscenter, der gennem en perlerække af veltilrettelagte arrangementer ville kunne tilbyde hidtil ukendte muligheder for at opleve cirkus- og artistverdenens magiske kraft og udstråling – både som tilskuere og som aktive. For alle samfundsgrupper og alle aldersgrupper – børn, unge og gamle.

 

Mange støttede ideen, selv om de fleste nok tvivlede på at den kunne blive til virkelighed. Hvordan ville man dog skaffe midler til at realisere planerne? En næsten håbløs opgave.

 

Men Jens Frobenius og Bjarne Laursen gav ikke op. Først fik de Københavns Amt til at bekoste en registrering af Barlys enorme samling – mere end 100.000 effekter. Og dernæst indledte Jens og Bjarne de drøftelser, som 1. september 2001 førte til, at Cirkusmuseet i Hvidovre med støtte fra Hvidovre kommune kunne åbne sine døre i den gamle kommandantbygning i Avedørelejren. Også derefter fortsatte de utrætteligt deres arbejde og de har en stor del af æren for, at Cirkusmuseet efter en større ombygning den 6. februar i år kunne åbne dørene ikke blot for ikke blot en ny udstilling men også for et aktivitetscenter.

 

Om den nye udstilling skrev cirkuskenderen Jørgen Lorenzen:

 

”Hvilket eldorado og mekka for cirkuselskere. I en kompakt, overvældende, men alligevel overskuelig opstilling vises et væld af kostumer, plakater, rekvisitter og billeder. Og som noget væsentligt: der er overalt opstillet videoskærme, så man selv kan trykke sig ind på film og videoer. I sandhed et frydefuldt bombardement af sanserne og det sted, hvor videbegærligheden sidder. Og for en cirkuselsker sidder det sted vist i nærheden af hjertet! Det er så flot, så flot, og det emmer af gammel cirkuskultur.”

 

Jens Frobenius og Bjarne Laursen har grund til at være rævestolte af den indsats de har gjort. Uden dem havde Danmark ikke haft et Cirkusmuseum af internationalt format, og Barlys helt unikke samling var formentlig enten gået til grunde eller blevet spredt for alle vinde. Den blev senere suppleret med Truxas arkiv og mange andre donationer.

 

Photo by Ole Simonsen ( cirkus i Danmark)

 

April 9th.

Circus Dannebrog 2009

It is not a secret, that circus Dannebrog has improved very much the recent years and are now counted as one of the best Scandinavian circuses. A few years ago there wasn’t even a circus band and the sound and light was only fair. Now Dannebrog presents one of the most modern shows and technical this circus is top class. Also the program and artist quality has improved a lot, and most of the best European artists has been working here.

 

The 2008 season was a great success with a lot of fantastic artists as Elvis Errani, Garcias and the Balders clowns – Balders are back in this season and takes one more season here – a great decision because they are among the best in the international clown business.

 

The show was opened by a little film shown on huge canvas. The film about the start of Dannebrog until today. The film was started the last minutes before the opening.

 

As usual a parade and circus director Haddie Enoch welcomes the audience.

 

First entering the ring was four huge horses presented by the Italian Togni family. On the horse back there was a human pyramid. Very impressing opening and very visual with those big horses and artists dressed in white.

 

The Balders succeeded in Dannebrog in 2008 – the best clowns here in years. Normally clowns comes from the older generations but those German/Portuguese clowns are very young. Maybe some copies are done but also a lot of original stuff. They have very good clown faces (two augusts and a whiteface) and just to look at them is funny. They are also in charge of the reprises and also with a great attitude. Everything are new stuff and not seen in last season.

 

Concalves is more tha a great juggler – he is really great. My opinion about jugglers is not a secret – they can be very boring using most of the time looking for lost balls bur a great experience when you meet a quality juggler. Concalves is among the best with a huge tempo catching balls with baskets secured in his belt and a lot of other sophisticated stuff. Maybe a little to smiling – for a moment I thought his face was clued to his ears but to be honest this artist really have reason to smile – because this act is great.

 

No circus without the animals and what is better than a bounch of  happy dogs. The entrée is presented by Posnas Poodle parade. Nice tempo done with a lot of different poodles ending the routine with the slide , where all the dogs are using this playground.

 

The Danish Kenny Quinn assisted by his wife Joan makes an excellent gentleman thief routine.  The entrée is great and you have to ask yourself how Kenny manage to steal almost everything from a person, when he already is presented as a thief? Anyway Kenny steals everything – ties, wallet even your glasses when you have them on. Nice way to get people in the ring because Kenney has already stolen something from a few persons before the show starts – such as car keys, mobile phones and Kenny ask who owns the items and they have to enter the ring to pick up their belongings. Kenny and Joan are great artists and a rarely seen circus discipline these days. – great.

 

Allison Togni looks good and did a very nice tissue act. The act included horses witch made this act a little different than normal seen.

 

Lots of traditions in Dannebrog – The family has been bicycle artists all their life and The director Couple Haddie and Solveigh Enoch was bicycle artists with a great reputation before they started up circus Dannebrog. This tradition continues and their son Dennie Enoch and their grandchild Jimmy Enoch are both active bicycle artists. Last year it was Jimmy Enoch alone in the ring but in this season we find Jimmy and Dennie Enoch, Dennies sister – Katja Enoch and daughter of Agnete Enoch – Victoria Enoch. So this is really a family act – and it is nice as well.

 

Last two season the Italian and Monaco circus Festival winner – Elvis Errani was presenting the elephants. Still Italians but in this season we find Jones Togni with three huge female elephants. It is a very nice and positive act, with lots of tricks

Flying Michaels are back in Dannebrog – they were here in Dannebrog back in 2006 and was reengaged for the 2007 season. Later Flying was released for their contract and was replaced by Flying Costas. Now they are back and not much to say about that because they got a great act. Flying trapeze acts are very similar to each other, so it is only small differences between those kind of acts. Flying Michaels seems very secure, they look good and do their act in nice costumes.

 

Finale

 

Dannebrog is a great circus with a great performance – no dull moments. They has a great light system and nice music done by an seven man band from Poland. It is possible to buy sausages, candy, beers, tee, coffee and soft drinks. In the souvenir stand there is a nice program – t shirt, demin jacket with Dannebrog logo printed on the back, a documentary DVD about the life of bicycle artist Jimmy Enoch.

 

Performance time was 2 hours and 10 min. including a 15 min break.

 

 

 

April 8th.

Circus Arena

The Danish circus Arena is close to an end for the performances in Copenhagen. It has been a huge success with a lot more spectators than expected. Therefore there will be three extra performances here in the Eastern holidays – Check Arena homepage for information.  Much more people around the ring on weekdays and a lot of press in the weekends caused the extra performances. It is so absolutely understandable because Arena presents a fantastic performance, one of the best light systems and great surroundings. So if you live in the area of Copenhagen or in the southern part of Sweden – it is time for a visit in Arena because Monday is last chance before circus move on to Jutland.

 

Enjoy a few pictures from the performance – taken Tuesday.

 

In Scandinavian:

 

Det Danske cirkus Arena er tæt på afslutningen af deres måned lange gæste spil i København. Det har været en fantastisk succes med langt flere tilskuere end ventet. Derfor er der nu planlagt i alt tre ekstra forestillinger i Påsken- _ check Arenas hjemmeside for detaljer. Langt flere mennesker i teltet på hverdage og et kæmpe pres på billet kontoret i weekenden har gjort at der vil blive lavet ekstra forestillinger. Det er absolut forståeligt, da Arena præsenterer en fantastisk forestilling, et af de bedste lys systemer og helt fantastiske omgivelser. Så hvis du er i nærheden af København eller bor i den sydlige del af Sverige – så er det ved at være sidste chance for et Arena besøg før cirkus flytter til Jylland. – Der forventes et meget stort pres her i Påsken, så kom i god tid.

 

Nyd nogle billeder fra forestillingen tagte i tirsdags.

April 6th.

 

Circus Arli

As the last Scandinavian circus is Arli now on the road. Arli is small but small can be beautiful and that title can we put on this charming family circus. Season number 39 – means jubilee next season (look forward to the party) – and still going strong. As usual it is the family we see most on the small stage but that don’t mean  bad quality – it means great fun. The family is enlarged by the English/Russian girl Ailona now partner in the private life and on stage with Alexander Arli. Alexander has a great taste because she is beautiful and a great artist. ABBA – BABBA – Doo is the show titled and that means of cause a lot of ABBA music. Last season the show was done to classical music but to choose ABBA as the background music, there is at least more rhythm in the show.

 

Arli is great fun and maybe it is a show for kids but it is so absolutely fun for their parents as well. This combination makes Arli to quality entertainment – everybody have enjoyed them selves when they leave after almost two hours show.

 

Every year the season is done by the family spiced up with two artist families. This season we meet Edi Laforte with two acts. Both with animals – the first with a mix of goats, dogs and cats. The dogs are of mixed races and gives a very positive impression and the animals do the job with waving tails. Second entrée is a liberty duck entrée – yes not a liberty horse but done with ducks doing almost the same as the horses would do. A fairly short entrée but that suits the act well.

 

Duo Rubtsov are new for me and as always looking forward to see artists never seen before. Absolutely not disappointing because the duo is great. First entrée was a combined juggling and chair balance act. Very poetic, including dance and a nice artistic level. The start was the juggling part with hats and dance. The last part was the chair balance act, ending on the top with a little more juggling. Second entrée was only half of duo Rubtsov, where Miss Katja showed a very very nice strapat act. Very poetic, nice tempo and nice costume.

 

Last season we saw Bettina Arli in a hair hanger act and this season she is back on the stage with her own illusion act. Lots of nice routines combined with a little clothes changes through the entrée. Many fine parts including the Lota vase routine and some colour changing flowers and the umbrella routine.

 

Alexander Arli is a multi artist – he can do the most and are very well educated in his Grand fathers circus. We have seen so many disciplines from the young guy and here in 2009 he juggles him self through his part of the show. Dressed in tennis outfit he do a very impressing job with balls and rackets.

Ailona shows a hoola hop act, well considered with a nice tempo. Dressed like a show girl in a bar and with Alexander as the bartender – she makes a great impression in this nice entré.

 

 

Martin Arli is a great clown and in this season he is only in the ring as a clown without any other commitments – He does the reprises in several different entrées and he is just great. Also a reprise with soap bubbles in all sizes. The entrée part is done   with his son Alexander Arli and they are just the best clowns in Scandinavia. Very funny and the kids understand everything witch is important and the adults find them amusing as well. This season borrowed a little from older entrées with the routine - you can’t play here  - but still done in their own version as only Martino and co. can do it.

 

The show went on for nearly two hours, including a 20 min break.

 

Arli has a great reputation and is an institution in the Danish circus business. Everybody knows Arli and every year lots of people look forward to their annual visit in this charming business. Arli is the last circus out and the first, closing their season in the end of August – Circus Arli is only touring in the eastern part of Denmark

 

In Scandinavian:

 

Som det sidste cirkus I Skandinavien kom så cirkus Arli på vejene. Arli er et lille cirkus men at være lille kan også være smukt, hvilket er ordet der kan sættes på cirkus Arli Sæson nummer 39 i rækken, hvilket betyder jubilæum til næste år (Glæder os til festen). Som sædvanligt er det hovedsagligt familien vi finder på scenen men dette betyder sandelig ikke dårlig kvalitet – det betyder en god forestilling. Familien er nu udvidet med den Russisk/Engelske pige Ailona, nu privat og på scenen sammen med Aleaxnder Arli. Man må konstatere at Alexander har en god smag, da hun udover at se rigtig godt ud også er en dygtig artist. ABBA-BABBA-DUE bliver dette 2009 show kaldt og det betyder selvfølgelig større mængder af ABBA musik. I sidste sæson brugte familien Arli stort set kun klassisk musik men i år med ABBA som baggrunds musik er rytmen tilbage i teltet.

 

Arli er masser af sjov og selvom det er målrettet til børn er det så absolut en oplevelse for forældrene også. Denne kombination hvor alle aldre får noget med hjem er netop et udtryk for høj kvalitet – I Arli går alle derfra og har haft en god dag.

 

Hvert år er familiens forestilling tilsat to cirkus familier. I denne sæson har man valgt Edi Laforte med to numre. Begge er dyrenumre – første med flere af slagsen, hvor vi møder hunde, katte og geder. Hundene er af forskellige racer og hele nummeret virker positivt med masser af logrende haler. Edi´s anden optræden er med ænder i frihedsdressur – ja altså ikke heste men med disse fjer dyr der næsten gør det samme som et heste nummer ville have vist. Sidste nummer er kort, hvilket er ok.

 

Duo Robtsov er ny her i Skandinavien og som sædvanligt er det altid med en vis forventning man ser frem til noget man ikke har oplevet før. – Absolut ikke nogen skuffelse, da denne duo er storartet. Første besøg på scenen var en kombineret jomglør og stole balance. Meget poetisk hvor også dans var inkluderet sammen med et højt artistisk niveau. Nummeret blev åbnet med en jonglør med hatte sekvens og sidste del med stole balance og med jonglering øverst. Anden entré var kun halvdelen af denne duo, hvor Miss Katja viste et yderst elegant strapat nummer. Igen meget poetisk, godt tempo og med elegant kostume.

 

Sidste sæson så vi for første gang i en årrække Bettina Arli med hendes eget hår hænger nummer. Hun har heldigvis sit hår endnu men har alligevel skiftet dette nummer ud med et illusions nummer. Dette nummer indeholder en fin lille tøjskifte rutine samt en masse gode kendte indslag som Lota vasen, voksende blomster buket der blomstrer igen efter at blomsterne er pillet af samt paraply rutinen.

 

Alexander Arli er multi artist – han kan det meste og er yderst veluddannet i Farfars cirkus. Vi har set så mange discipliner fra denne denne unge mand og her i 2009 jonglerer han sig så igennem dette show. Klædt i Tennis udstyr laver Alexander et imponerede arbejde både med tennis bolde og tennis ketsjere.

 

Ailona viser er hoola hop nummer , velovervejet og med et godt tempo. Klædt som show pige i en bar og med Alexander som bartender – giver hun et rigtig godt indtryk i dette elegante nummer.

 

 

Martin Arli er en fantastisk klovn og I denne sæson er hen kun på scenen som klovn uden andre forpligtigelser – han laver alle repriser gennem hele showet og det er bare godt. Dfet bliver også til en lille reprise med sæbebobler i alle størrelser. Entré klovnene er som sædvanligt lavet med sin søn Alexander og de er bare de bedste klovne her i Skandinavien. Virkelig morsomme og børnene forstår til fulde, hvad der sker, hvilket er vigtigt men også forældrene finder dem yderst sjove. I denne sæson er der lånt lidt fra andre klovne i branchen med den velkendte rutine – Du må ikke spille her – men stadig i deres helt egen version som bare Martino og Co. kan gøre det.

 

Fotrestilling varede i næsten to timer incl. 20 min. Pause.

 

Arli har et rigtigt godt ry og kan vel nærmest betragtes som en institution i Danmark. De fleste Danskere kender cirkus Arli og hvert år besøger rigtig mange dette cirkus som en tradition en gang om året. Arli er det sidste cirkus ude og det første hjemme, hvor man normalt slutter sæsonen sidst i august. Cirkus Arli turnerer udelukkende i den østlige del af Danmark.

 

 

 

April 4th.

Brazil Jack 2009

The Swedish circus Brazil Jack had their premiere last Thursday in Malmo. Circus Scandinavia couldn’t be there but had the chance to se the show a few days later. Lots of pictures taken from the performance and a review will be released in a few days but until then enjoy a few pictures from the show.

 

In Scandinavian:

 

Det Svenske cirkus Brazil Jack havde deres premiere sidste torsdag I Malmø. Desværre havde jeg ikke muligheden for at se deres show til denne premiere men havde chancen et par dage senere. Mange fotos er blev taget fra forestillingen og en anmeldelse vil også komme i løbet af nogle dage indtil da et par billeder fra forestillingen

 

April 3rd.

Short life for circus Zeppelin.

It became a short life for the new started Norwegian circus Zeppelin. Only a few days on the road and circus Director Morten Solvang had to close down his dream. In Frederikstad there was no money for the artists and only a few hundred spectators the first few days was not enough to keep the business alive. It is very sad to hear when something like this happens and it is very easy for people outside to be wise and tell what the direction should have done.  There is only looser´s when this happens – the director, the workers and the artists now without job and a spoiled season. Nothing wrong with the program containing a lot of nice artists as the Finish Salima Peippo now standing without employment.

 

In Scandinavian:

 

Det blev desværre et kort liv for det ny startede cirkus Zeppelin I Norge. Kun et par enkelte dage på vejene før cirkus direktør Morten Solvang måtte lukke sin drøm. I Fredrikstad var der ikke flere penge i kassen til artisterne og kun nogle få hundrede tilskuere de første dage, var ikke nok til at holde cirkus i live. Det er altid frygtelig trist når noget sådant sker og det er også meget nemt for ude fra kommende personer at forklare hvad der gik galt og hvad de skulle have gjort. Der er kun tabere i en sådan situation, direktøren, arbejdere og artister der nu alle står uden job og en ødelagt sæson. Intet i vejen med programmet der indeholdt fine artister så som Finske Salima Peippo der no også står uden arbejde.

 

March 29th.

Circus Dannebrog

Premiere for the Danish circus Dannebrog – the offecial premiere will be in a few days and there will of cause be a full review – until then a few pictures.

 

In Scandinavian:

 

Premiere for det Danske cirkus Dannebrog – Dog vil den officielle premiere først være om nogle dage I Odense. Indtil da kan man nyde lidt billeder fra årets nye forestilling.

 

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Premiere for the Danish Baldoni and in new surroundings. As always looking forward to a Baldoni premiere because things are done different in this particular circus – The whole set up and way to consider how circus works are different here but without forgetting the more normal traditions in this business. It is not a secret that I'm a great supporter of a new developed circus styles but still without forgetting the traditions – this wish can be fulfilled here in Baldoni.

 

Maybe not world star artists as we see in the bigger circuses here in Scandinavia but still in a very nice quality – and the quality here increases from season to season. Also the surroundings here in Baldoni increases not fast but in small steps look forward to see the final result?

 

Opening by the Clown Daniel  Dimitrievic – turning the light on and of  routine. It is Daniel – also called Danilo, second year here in Baldoni. It has always been Daniels dream to be an artist – as a clown and as an illusionist. His first steps in circus was in circus Dannebrog, where he is a friend of the family and in special occasions he was a part of the performance here when Dannebrog was in Copenhagen. Anyway it was in Baldoni the director couple saw the possibility in Daniel and gave him the chance in 2008. It was a good idea because the only 22 year old clown was a success from the start. Not only the clowning in Baldoni because Daniel includes a lot of skills very useful in circus. He is a great musician and great with computer as well.

Baldoni have their own song and tune for the opening. Not different this season and a nice way to present all the artists.

 

First on the stage/ring (Baldoni use a round stage) was the Chinese guys called Liu Fu. A combined hat juggling act and a rola rola act. Nice costumes and a nice opening act.

Kapitanski has been in Baldoni before in 2005. I can understand why Baldoni reengage a clown duo like them. They are a typical product of the Russian clown style, witch means tempo and great fun. Kapitanski was in the ring three times with two acts seen in 2005 and a new one. The first was the Baby Sitter, where the baby really gives Kapitanski problems – maybe because he eats the baby´s food? – the act is a combined clown and illusion act where their youngest daughter and their dax dogs are included.

 

Kapitanski was in the church when Thessa And René was married back in 2005 and in full clown costume.

Photo by Circus Scandinavia 2005 (C).

 

The ventriloquist lion – Leonardo presents every year director René on stage. Some is new and some old stuff. The couple is an institution in Baldoni and lots of people will be disappointed if they wasn’t there. Anyway Leornardo chains the performance together and presents the next artists – it is away to do it and Leornardo is a success.

 

Next was one half of the director couple – Thessa (Danila) and Danilo in a traditional entrée. It is seen before – Danila wants to dance ballet and Danilo wants disco. Danila crushes the ghetto blaster in the dustbin. Danilo finds out it works anyway when he moves the lid.

 

Monika Magyar presents a very nice combined handstand, contorion and bow and arrow entrée. Monika was with Baldoni on their winter circus in 2008 and engaged the artist immediately for the summer season. Good looking artist with a smooth act starting with a handstand going up the stairs – then a traditional contorion act on the postament ending with an bow and arrow routine standing in a handstand and tricker the arrow by the feet. – The bulls eye is of cause a balloon. Very nice entrée.

 

Tonni Tips is also on his second season in Baldoni – Tonni is a run through figure in the performance and in this season with his own entrée as well. Dressed in Tyrol costume and very thick glasses he presents a comic Diablo act.

 

Kapitanski back with their fast a very funny cow reprise. Miss Kapitanski must milk the cow and the cow (Mr Kapitanski) are not so easy to handle and will not stand still. Mr. Kapitanski has a great clown face and his mimic is very very good. As in their first entrée there is a little illusion in the story because it ends up with real milk in the bucket.

 

Last entrée before the break is He Yuan. He Yuan is a beautiful smiling Chinese girl on mono bike. The mono bike is 2 and a half meters high and on this bike – she makes her full act. To drive a bike in this hight  is hard enough but He Yuan manage to show a an act where it seems very easy. On the bike she throws small cups and bucket up so they stands on her head – the cups are thrown from her feet. Spoons and pots goes the same way. If that isn’t enough she ends her show doing the same thing but now with the bike placed on a big ball. Great, colourful and very impressing act.

 

The opening after the break are Chinese sensation with n acrobatic ring entrée. Nice tempo and nice jumps through the rings.

 

Aleksandre Kapitanski is 17 years old. She had her artist debut in Baldoni in 2005 where she was in the ring for the first time presenting a very charming single dog act. Later she was with her parents in the Dutch Martin Hanson winter circus, where she also presented her dog act. Now she is almost a grown up lady and presents an acrobatic ring entrée. The acts starts with the ring placed on the ground and ends up high under the big top. She is a very good looking girl and do her act to nice light and music.

 

Duo Monro from England/Hungary – show a great juggling act. It is of cause a partner entrée and the couple seems very secure. They rarely drop anything and the tempo is very very nice. Lots of difficult passages including taken over each others clubs and a very nice fire juggling as well. Great performance from Monika and Robert.

 

Chinese Zhang Ruichong presents a very nice chair balance act. This entrée is also the thrilling act in this season with chairs stacked up to six pieces.. Various exercises is done in the hight with a different location for the last chair. Nice and visual entreé do the job and gives the spectators a little thrill.

 

Kapitanski back with their last input here in 2009. This entreé is in my opinion the high light in the performance. Again typical Russian style – never seen before in Scandinavia. This time we are presented for a cloth changing act – seen many times with humans but here it also goes for the dogs. Great idea and oh yes you can see it is different dogs coming but anyway very nice. Between the change there is positive tricks made by the dogs. The Dax dogs are dressed in very hot colours and in the last part they are all in, doing various exercises.

 

 

The man with  thousand faces – covers over an artist capable of changing masks without seeing it. Very impressing – maybe not one thousand different masks but a great deal. Again very colourful outfit but maybe a little hard to see the change. When I saw the rehearsal I couldn’t see what was happening but a little change in the light set up and people was told what should happen – helped a great deal. And yes it is very hard to see how he does but it is done. Very nice costumer with lots of colour with Chinese inspired music gives a nice experience.

 

Freddie Steckel comes from a very old circus Family with lots of traditions. Freddie was here last season with his table act done together circus director Thessa Daniella. The two decided to take one more season but with a lot of changes in the start. There has always been a story in this slapstick but this season it was changed. Director René Marvin told the audience there was a competition gong on similar to the X factor concept. Therefore one from the audience should have the chance to show what he/her could do. All must be fair so a ticket number was extracted and the number belongs of cause to Freddie and Thessa placed on the benches. Both are dressed in a peasant style and Thessa don’t want his husband to go in the ring. Lots of funny situations and great reaction from the wondering spectators there suddenly saw to elderly persons tumbling around on the stage.

 

As the start Baldoni always says goodbye to the audience by a song.

 

Baldoni is a great experience and proves that you can be very well entertain without loads of well-known stars. The light is great and has been improved once again. The gradin is much better now with a great sight from all places. There is room for 600 people in Baldoni – so it is a small circus but this size has advantage compared to the big performances and this is fully utilized and gives a great atmosphere.